North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

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    North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says
    August 31, 2010
    By Danny King
    Edmunds

    North American diesel-vehicle unit sales will triple over the next six years as German automakers such as Volkswagen and BMW boost the number of so-called "clean diesel" cars they import to the U.S. in an effort to meet more stringent federal fuel-economy standards, according to research firm Frost & Sullivan.

    Automakers will sell about 545,000 diesel-powered light vehicles to North America in 2016, up from 167,000 in 2009, Frost & Sullivan Research Analyst Hariher Balasubramanian said on a Webcast earlier today. VW will have about a third of the U.S. diesel market in 2016, up from about 26 percent last year, while BMW's diesel market share will jump to 14 percent from 4 percent.

    German automakers are already making progress eliminating some of the negative stereotypes held by American consumers, many of whom associate diesel with the slower, louder, smokier diesels of the 1970s and 80s.

    Sales of more powerful, quieter diesels in North America tripled in 2009, and, in December, Audi's clean-diesel A3 TDI hatchback (pictured), which gets an EPA-rated 42 miles per gallon on the highway, was named the 2010 Green Car of the Year by Green Car Journal magazine at the Los Angeles International Auto Show.

    VW appears to be leading the way. Diesels accounted for about half of the Jettas and about a third of the Touaregs VW sold in the U.S. last year.

    Additionally, automakers view diesel as a way to help meet federal fuel-economy standards, which will require a U.S. fleetwide average of 35.5 miles per gallon in 2016.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    I suppose a good punchline to the article would be that by 2017, Diesels will again disappear from the US market as the EPA initiates its next round of anti-Diesel emissions regulations.

    The only negative Diesel sterotype with American consumers is that they are here today/gone tomorrow according to the whims of our government regulatiors.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    In other news, Diesel prices are set to rise 40% in the same time period...
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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    I'd love to see every other car be a diesel. But this govt. says no.

    A hybrid makes absolutely no sense for the kind of driving people do in my area. And that's BEFORE the reprogram.

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    Bring 2.0 VCDi Diesel Orlando to Canada and I will certainly help with this statistic.
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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    Supposedly Mazda's bringing a diesel to the U.S. market in 2012, and claims it's emissions-compliant through 2020. Also...43 mpg highway and 310 lb./ft. of torque.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    Double of nothing is still nothing. But the government will never support full diesels.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    yay my TDI gets 61 MPG... and about 43 MPG if I average 80 MPH
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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    Quote Originally Posted by MechEng View Post
    Bring 2.0 VCDi Diesel Orlando to Canada and I will certainly help with this statistic.

    +1 to this. Diesel Orlando for me, and I will be smiling from ear to ear.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    Quote Originally Posted by JuMPy View Post
    +1 to this. Diesel Orlando for me, and I will be smiling from ear to ear.
    Here are the cars I'd like to see:

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    All of those would make the shopping list for my next car or my wife's next car. In fact, if those engines were offered as $2000 upgrades from the comparable gas engines, then I can guarantee GM two sales in the next 3 years +/-.

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    I'd take a diesel Orlando as well.
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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    One small problem. Oil refineries in the US are not set up to produce as much diesel like the refineries in the rest of the world. If demand for oil burners increases than the price at the pump will also increase. Why would the oil companies spend the money to change their refineries?
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    diesel 300C FTW
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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    They would triple tomorrow if anyone sold them here. Only VW gets it. A good chunk of their customers check off the diesel option.

    A 1.4 liter diesel in the Cobalt, or a 2L in the Malibu. They cost a bit more, but are so much better suited to most peoples driving, which is mostly on the low end of the tach.

    Too many people still hold the bad clackity smelly image of diesel cars, which is to be expected when nobody sells anything to prove them wrong.

    People would buy them up like candy if they were easier to find. The only company smart enough to sell them, puts them in such horrible cars.

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    Re: North American Diesel Vehicle Sales to Triple by 2016, Research Firm Says

    Quote Originally Posted by Canuck View Post
    One small problem. Oil refineries in the US are not set up to produce as much diesel like the refineries in the rest of the world. If demand for oil burners increases than the price at the pump will also increase. Why would the oil companies spend the money to change their refineries?
    Everything costs more when it is popular, but if it were priced equal to gas, the extra economy and driveability would still persuade many drivers.

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